Over the last year, the market has experienced more shortages than I have come across in my 3 decades experience. In the past I have seen sharp price increases, and I have experienced several shortages, and delivery issues as a consequence of plastic resin allocations through resin manufacturers. This is the first instance I have seen all these issues at the same time.
Polytetraflouroethylene (TFE) and Kynar both are on allocation.
This pair of resins are in short supply. The PTFE Sheet product PTFE (TFE) and also Kynar-PVDF manufacturing requires a mineral called Fluorspar which is mined in Mongolia and China. The worldwide interest in this mineral has risen significantly, as well as the supply has tightened. PTFE materials have high temperature resistance, excellent chemical resistance and incredibly low co-efficient of friction (slick) and is used within a bunch of purposes from non-stick fry kitchenware to ptfe tape for use at home. This specific mineral is a crucial raw material within the manufacturing of fluoropolymers, fluorolubricants and quite a few refrigerants.This increasing amount of demand paired with general shortage of raw materials is mainly responsible for a dramatic price increase (almost double over the past year), shortages, and we expect these two factors to continue in the near future.
When you are looking around for a plastic sheet supplier you will also want to investigate the company that you are dealing with to make certain that they are going to be around for a long period of time. If you are going to be having a lot of troubles with your plastic sheet supply you are most likely to wish to make certain that you are most likely to be able to depend on them to remain to give you with the premium item that you have pertained to anticipate, over the years.